Melody Moody-Thortis 

Melody is the Executive Director of Bike Walk Mississippi, the only bicycle and pedestrian advocacy nonprofit serving the entire state of Mississippi. Melody spent time in South Africa in 2009 – 2010 while receiving a Master’s degree in International Development and comes to VBP after spending the past 16 years working in the nonprofit sector. Bicycling Magazine named Melody an Innovator using Bicycles to Change the World in 2013 for her work as co-founder of Mississippi’s first community bike shop and her on-going work to use the bicycle as a tool for increasing equitable access and opportunity in underserved communities. Melody lives in Jackson, MS.

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